Restaurant Closings and Arrangements in NJ & Philadelphia

We were talking recently with some friends from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

The pain of the COVID-19 pandemic era is still felt in many ways.

We asked for an example from them. Without hesitation, they said: Day-to-Day Brunch at Philadelphia Center City.

This restaurant belonged to Robin Barg. 2101 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA has been in operation for almost 41 years.

Barg told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was “stopping the fight” on December 23, 2021.

Alongside the all-too-familiar staffing issues created by the COVID-19 era, she was dealing with a major dispute over rent due.

Adding to the lease-back dilemma, Barg was unable to find staff to replace his aging team. “My old men were irreplaceable,” he told The Inquirer.

This left Barg in the unpleasant spot of having to sell his catering business and the contents of his restaurant.

This is another example of a long-running business that has managed to go through multiple recessions and Great Recessions in over forty years and only succumb to the pandemic.

COVID-19 continues to hang in people’s minds in many ways. There is still uncertainty, especially in the restaurant industry.

You may have noticed by now that many restaurants close on Mondays, Tuesdays or Mondays and Tuesdays.

A local example in Atlantic County, New Jersey is the iconic Steve & Cookies of the Bay restaurant in Margate, New Jersey. Owner Cookie recently announced on Facebook that he will be closing his restaurant on Tuesday.

Cookie via Facebook.

Cookie via Facebook.

On August 29, 2022, Till wrote:


This summer – especially in the kitchen – we’re running with a short staff. This has forced us to make some tough decisions, like cutting down the menu and closing a day. From now on we will be closed on Tuesdays.

We highly value the core staff we have and are grateful to them for their hard work, integrity and legacy perseverance. We have survived perhaps the busiest summer of 25 years together.

This is the first time we’ve thought of closing even one day consistently, but after much thought, we felt it made sense now.

Thank you for your understanding and know that we will continue to provide you with the other six days of the week.


Cookie, Management Team and Staff

These are just a few examples. There are many more in the Delaware Valley and all over America.

This is the current reality in America today. Another example is Alan Angeloni, owner of Angeloni’s II Restaurant & Lounge, which closed on Mondays and Tuesdays after operating 7 days a week for nearly 50 years.

It’s nothing but the “new normal” or whatever you want to call it.

However, don’t expect this to end anytime soon. And watch longer-run organizations either shut down forever or make the necessary adjustments to their operations to survive.

This phenomenon has affected independently owned and casino restaurants. No one is immune to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its direct impact on business and industry.

SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer is about Robin Barg and Day by Day Brunch.

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